Man United transfer update! Strootman has ‘shaken hands’ on Red Devils move

first_imgKevin Strootman has ‘shaken hands’ on a move to Manchester United, according to Dutch journalist Hugo Borst.The Holland star had been linked with a move to the Red Devils earlier this year, but picked up an injury just before the start of the 2014 World Cup.And Borst, who has recently penned a new book about Louis van Gaal, claims the 24-year-old agreed to join his countryman at Old Trafford, before the ex-Bayern Munich boss had even taken over the reins at the Premier League side.“In the spring of 2014 there was a match between PSV and Feyenoord,” he told Hawksbee and Delaney. “Robin van Persie was in the stands, along with Louis van Gaal. On the other side was Kevin Strootman. The pair chatted, this was when people knew Van Gaal was going to Manchester United.“Van Gaal asked Strootman whether he was interested in playing for Manchester United, and he said he was very willing. They have shaken hands on the deal.“It won’t be in January but it will be next summer. He is an outstanding player.”last_img read more

Wild Ireland calls on animal lovers to help ‘bear’ cost of expansion

first_imgThe Wild Ireland animal sanctuary has won the hearts of countless children and adults in Donegal since it opened last month.Thousands have been flocking to see the brown bears, wolves, and the lynx that are being cared for at the Inishowen park – animals that were once native to Ireland thousands of years ago.Buncrana solicitor and zoologist Killian McLaughlin worked with international charities to rescue animals and bring them back to Ireland for rehabilitation and for educating people about welfare. After six years of development and planning, the park was opened in October. And now, Killian has tapped into the pawsitive reaction of the public to seek their help to expand the park.Killian launched a GoFundMe campaign this week to invite people to donate to Wild Ireland and help expand the park to accommodate even more animals.The target has been set at €100,000, with a steady stream of donations coming in from people who are inspired by the work that Killian has done. Killian McLaughlin with the three wolves of Wild Ireland Donegal. Photo: Northwest NewspixThe three brown bears that live in Wild Ireland were rescued from a museum in Lithuania, while other animals were saved from the illegal pet trade and circuses. Other residents include otters, barbary macaque monkeys, foxes, red deer and many more.Naoise the Lynx at Wild Ireland Donegal. Photo: Northwest NewspixBarbary Macaques at Wild Ireland Donegal. Photo: Northwest NewspixOne of the bears at Wild Ireland. Photo: Northwest NewspixOne of the three Wolves at Wild Ireland. (North West Newspix)“We hope to expand our park, a natural temperate rainforest, to accommodate even more animals,and to give our existing residents even more space, as well as educating our visitors on the past, how these animals became extinct in Ireland, and educating them on conservation to ensure that further species do not disappear from the Irish landscape,” Killian wrote on the GoFundMe ‘Help Wild Ireland Grow’ page.“While visitor donations and admissions help pay for the maintenance of the park and the feeding, care and veterinary upkeep of the animals, further funds are needed. The development of Wild Ireland has been a dream of mine for years, and it will be a tremendous success in the future, and I need your help to do it.”The funding page is accepting individual donations and there is a number of options and rewards being made available to supporters. A high-level option is to sponsor an enclosure for €15,000.Meanwhile, a competition is underway at Wild Ireland to name the three brown bears. With over 1,000 suggestions being made on Facebook, the team will have their work cut out for them choosing the perfect names.Visit the GoFundMe campaign at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-wild-ireland-grow Wild Ireland calls on animal lovers to help ‘bear’ cost of expansion was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:wild irelandlast_img read more

Groves splits from promoter Warren

first_imgGeorge Groves has split with promoter Frank Warren and is expected to link up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom.It means the unbeaten Commonwealth super-middleweight champion’s scheduled fight against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European title is off.The pair were due to meet at Wembley Arena on 16 March for the belt recently relinquished by Groves’ bitter rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.Warren snapped up Groves in 2011.Groves, 24, will continue to be trained and managed by Adam Booth.A statement issued by Frank Warren Promotions confirmed: “Groves has stated that he is not interested in boxing for the EBU title at this moment and would like to take his choice of fights in another direction.“Mr Warren would like to wish George all the best with his career and looks forward to working again with him in the near future.”Hearn also promotes Nottingham’s world champion Carl Froch, who has been touted as a possible future opponent for Groves.See also:Groves links up with promoter WarrenWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightGroves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves confirms move to MatchroomGroves weighs in ahead of Wembley 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joburg unveils Mandela statue

first_img2 April 2004Johannesburg’s Sandton Square has been renamed the Nelson Mandela Square, and celebrated its 10th anniversary – and 10 years of democracy in South Africa – by unveiling the world’s first public statue of the man who led his country across the apartheid divide.Any toast to Mandela would have to be larger than life – and those who gathered to see his eldest granddaughter, Ndileka, uncover the statue on Wednesday agreed that the six-metre bronze statue exuded his positive vibe.With champagne glass raised high, the MC at the launch of the new Nelson Mandela Square, Basetsana Kumalo, declared: “This is a very happy statue. The dancing stance pays tribute to the spirit of joy and celebration inherent in the people of South Africa – this is the Madiba jive.”Paying tribute to her grandfather, Ndileka said: “While we honour Nelson Mandela in this statue, we are also honouring South Africa. He’s not just a grandfather to us, but to the whole nation.”Known for his humility, Madiba himself did not attend the ceremony. “He’s taking a break”, Ndileka explained.Given Mandela’s reputation as a champion of the disadvantaged, it was hardly surprising that many were surprised that Sandton Square – seen by many as a symbol of commercial and social elitism – was being renamed in his honour. “Why here? Why not in Alexandra?” some were heard to murmur.Gary Vipond, Nelson Mandela Square manager, explained: “The square is optimistic, expressive and confident, like the Madiba jive, and represents a sophisticated, eclectic, cosmopolitan success story.“The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, selected Sandton Square as their preferred site due to its geographical location in the centre of the Sandton CBD, and the fact that it is one of the largest public open spaces in South Africa”, Vipond said.The Nelson Mandela Foundation hopes to benefit directly from the statue’s tourist appeal: a donation box has been placed beside the statue. Liberty Properties, the landlords, have set the tone with a first donation of R50 000.Quick factsThe statue of Nelson Mandela is six metres tall (higher than 5.9m of the world’s tallest recorded giraffe).It weighs 2.5 tons (the weight of an adult African white rhino).It measures 2.3 metres from elbow to elbow (the maximum wing span of the African fish eagle), and has a shoulder width of 1.7m (almost the width of a luxury sedan).The statue’s shoes measure virtually one metre in length – a boot size very few could fillThe statue was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane.Commissioned in July 2002, the statue was completed in February 2004, and moved to the Square in the middle of the night to be installed ahead of the unveiling.It’s not the first time that a shopping centre has been named after a well-loved leader. There’s also:The Washington Square shopping centre in Oregon, US, named after George Washington.The Roosevelt Square shopping centre in Seattle, US, named after Franklin D Roosevelt.The Regal Eisenhower shopping centre in Savannah, Georgia, US, named after Dwight Eisenhower.The Churchill shopping centre in Brighton, UK, named after Winston Churchill.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Bafana frenzy grips the nation

first_imgBafana Bafana has captured the heartsof South Africans. The nation is behind the boys. “Fevah, go Bafana,” that’s her message. ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandelahas also voiced her message of support.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• SafaMorio SanyaneCommunications director+27 82 990 0835• Local Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 0121Bongani NkosiVuvuzelas blared from the residential block of flats in Sunnyside, Pretoria’s lively, cosmopolitan suburb. South Africans hung out of their windows and burst from the corridors to celebrate and blow their favourite plastic trumpets. It was a short-lived moment, but one I had been expecting.South Africa’s national football squad Bafana Bafana was playing Denmark in a friendly match that day, 5 June, and I had decided to go loll at a park in nearby Troy Street – I was against the idea of being glued to a television screen.I knew the noise made by the throng of football fans in the area would be a pretty good indication of the score: I anticipated a spirited round of vuvuzela toots for every Bafana goal, and a collective sigh of “aaaaahs” if our opponent scored.I was kept in suspense for some time, but eventually I heard the eruption of noise. I knew very well our boys had scored a critical goal – the only one of the match. It came in the 76th minute from striker Katlego “Killer” Mphela.The celebrations went on for about three minutes at that stage, but the lasting sense of excitement came as the referee blew the final whistle. We had won.The vuvuzelas were out again, and the hubbub resonated throughout central Pretoria. Masses of young football fans, clad in their Bafana gear, celebrated the victory with their trumpets, song and dance. And cars whizzing past showed their support too, with mini South African flags attached to their roof tops.It’s scenes like these that show the pride in the 23-man national squad, which will play the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in a few days’ time.“We’re very elated and excited about what see throughout the country every day. Scores of people are wearing the Bafana jersey,” the team’s media officer Matlhomola Morake said.“[South Africans] are giving us courage,” Morake added. “We’d like to thank them and hope that this support will continue throughout the World Cup.”Support for Bafana is streaming in through various channels countrywide, as fans’ good-luck wishes are publicised on television, radio, newspapers, online social network sites and mobile phones. “That’s ayoba,” my colleague, Lesego Madumo, would say.‘We’re behind you’A day before the Demark clash, friends Mzukisi Zuzile and Masanda Nomeva joined hundreds of other South Africans outside Luthuli House, the African National Congress’ (ANC) headquarters, in Johannesburg to show their confidence in Bafana Bafana. And they weren’t shy about where their allegiances lay: “We’ll support them up until the end of the World Cup. South Africans will stand by them,” Nomeva said.“Bafana Bafana must play their hearts out, knowing very well that the nation is behind them,” Zuzile added.The team has gone without a loss in its last 12 matches, making the craze well-deserved. Notable wins include the 5 June Denmark friendly and a 5-0 record defeat of Thailand a few days’ before.The group stage matches involving Bafana were sold out even before World Cup ticket collection centres were opened, another indication of strong belief in the national side.This also means that vuvuzelas will be out in full force. “We need the vuvuzela – it is our 12th man, and it will help us a lot,” Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said during his announcement of the final player selection on 1 June.The national team has been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay. It’s been tipped to pick up at least six points, but must win the first clash against Mexico to achieve this, experts say.Promise of victoryPresident of the South African Football Association Kirsten Nematandani has promised the nation that Bafana will make it proud. He is confident that the team is well-prepared and ready to tackle the stiff competition.“The boys are ready … they will make us proud,” he said during the celebrations at Luthuli House.“Come the 11 June, Mexico won’t know what hit them.”South African politicians are showing they’re not immune to the Bafana frenzy either, with the ruling ANC and official opposition, the Democratic Alliance, both sending out messages of support.“Bafana, you carry the hopes and aspirations of all South Africans …” said ANC chairperson Baleka Mbethe, on behalf of her party. “We have complete confidence and trust in you.”Good dose of Madiba Magic President Jacob Zuma and Fifa head Sepp Blatter are among the legions of World Cup fans who are hoping that Nelson Mandela will make it to the tournament’s opening ceremony at Soccer City on 11 June.It’s still not entirely clear whether the frail, 91-year-old statesman will be there, but Zuma has said it will be a bonus if he is.“We have hope that Mandela will be there,” said Mbethe.Mandela’s presence will undoubtedly give Bafana Bafana a good dose of “Madiba Magic” ­– a term coined during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, when the then-president donned a replica of the captain’s jersey to spread national pride and show his support for the host team.He did the same during the African Cup of Nations a year later, and many say this helped inspire the South Africans to win both tournaments. In recent years South Africans have increasingly used Madiba, Mandela’s clan name, as a fond term of reference.The Bafana World Cup squad was introduced to their former president on 3 June at a gathering at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. On this day too, Mandela chose to wear the captain’s jersey.last_img read more

Crossbreeding: It works for feral pigs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Crossbreeding, bringing together parents that are distantly related but capable of producing viable offspring, has increased hybrid vigor within domestically raised livestock.Extensive research has shown positive improvement for several production traits, particularly survival traits that are lowly heritable. Interestingly, sometimes if one looks at what others are intentionally or not intentionally doing, one can learn a lot. The same is true about crossbreeding.The concept of domesticated livestock mating with their wild relatives is not new and generally not encouraged. The reason comes back to the increased hybrid vigor of the offspring and their tendency to out-compete the parents.In native environments, hybrid offspring can be very detrimental, particularly when reproductive capacity increases. For example, feral pigs are a very real, current and major problem. They are aggressive, productive and reproduce copiously.The domestic pig (Sus Scrofa) is capable of producing viable offspring when mated to several subspecies. The vigor of the offspring borders on aggressive and environmentally destructive, so laws have been enacted to control feral and/or hybrid pigs.In fact, several species of wildlife are protected from hybridization with closely related subspecies because the hybrids will, at times, outperform both parents and actually lower the population of the original parents. This hybrid vigor is real and not something to be taken lightly.In the canine world, dogs, coyotes and wolves can produce a hybrid that may have a selective advantage over the original parents. Florida is fearful of the potential hybridization of pythons. Although one may not think of snakes as domesticated, they are, some more so than others.Two snakes — the African rock python (Python sebae) and the Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) — keep making the news, primarily because of the fear they may crossbreed. When confined to their normal habitat, one in Sub-Saharan Africa and the other in southern and Southeast Asia, they do not cross. They fit their environment.Like beef producers who traveled the mountain passes and waterways, who also co-mingled different breeds and subspecies of cattle, those who appreciate raising snakes worry the same may occur. Imagine a snake the size of a Burmese python with the aggressive nature of the African rock python. Not a good thing.Fortunately, the actual crossing of these and most subspecies that result in viable, reproductively sound offspring is very rare. But the point is made: hybrid vigor is real. Much effort was made in crossing American bison with domestic cattle. Although not all the offspring are viable, enough viability existed to create the Beefalo breed, or cattle with bison and cattle DNA.I could continue, but the concept of hybrid vigor is accepted as real. And if not, then go try to herd some feral pigs. So, the discussion of hybrid vigor certainly has a place for beef producers. The beef industry can tone down the extremes of hybrid vigor and keep the good points: increased calf vigor that improves livability, increased reproductive potential and associated decreased costs.The premise of a good beef crossbreeding program was to keep the production unit, the cow, smaller and refine costs to make the cow practical but productive. The advantage came with a terminal sire, or one that would maintain all the pluses achieved with heterosis (the crossing of unrelated breeds), plus add unique traits associated with the selected breed of terminal sire. This was good. And the beef cattle breeding systems were expanded to handle more breeds.Programs maximized production through terminal sires or more sophisticated rotational breeding programs and allowed for the inclusion of new breeds on the maternal side. Crossbreeding works.Seedstock producers have improved their genetics through selection for increased production attained through selection for growth and other traits. The lowly heritable traits, however, still maintain the advantages attained though heterosis.So why the point? In the genetic world, remember that measureable and non-measurable advantages are evident as diverse genetics are crossed. That is simply fact, but the concept of developing crossbreeding systems has taken second seat to selection, potentially shrinking the tool chest.As new, cost-efficient beef systems are explored, a large tool chest is needed. Those early black baldy concepts were real as producers look to manage the right cows, cows that are reproductively superior, biologically efficient and wean calves that exceed the cows’ ability to grow.Now is a good time to think about terminal beef cattle systems.May you find all your ear tags.last_img read more

OCWGA members pushing for USMCA and ethanol

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association members participated in a recent press conference earlier in St. Louis to urge the Trump Administration and members of Congress to finish the job on trade and ethanol issues important to corn farmers.Patty Mann (Jackson Center), John Linder (Edison), Kelly Harsh (Delaware), Gail Lierer (Okeana), and Josh Yoder (Plain City) were on hand to let the Administration and Congress know that immediate action is needed.The past year has presented a perfect storm of challenges for America’s corn farmers in Ohio and across the nation. While there have been positive developments, such as the trade agreement with Japan and the long-awaited approval of year-round E15, there are still outstanding issues that, if adequately addressed, would provide some much-needed certainty to corn farmers.The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association joined with other state leaders and NCGA leadership and called on the President to follow through on his commitment to farmers and the RFS, conclude China trade negotiations with a positive outcome for agriculture, and for Congressional leaders to reach an agreement with the Administration and pass USMCA.OCWGA continues to ask farmers to reach out to elected leaders to let them know the importance of these issues and why they matter to your family, your farm, and for your way of life.One additional step farmers can take it to join the Insider Action Team to stay involved in issues.last_img read more

Photo/Video Tip: 8 Creative Ways to Use a Master Clamp

first_imgDiscover a myriad of ways that a Master Clamp can help your next photo or video shoot.If you don’t already own a few Master/Mafer/Super clamps you might want to invest in some for your video and photo shoots. The video above, by Rob Grimm at RGG Photo, demonstrates 8 ways you can use a Master Clamp. Even if you already use Master Clamps you may have never seen a few of these uses before.Follow along with the written tips below. You can see Rob’s photos on his website.Uses for a Master ClampMounting BackgroundsDouble Mounting a Background BarMounting a LightMounting a CameraMounting a Camera PlateMounting an External MonitorAttaching a Magic ArmMounting a Tray You can get “name brand” Master Claps for about $36 on B&H but you can get a cheaper one for around $20 on Amazon. We were especially surprised to see how many accessories could be utilized with a Mafer clamp. Unlike Gaff tape or spring clamps, MaferRemember, even if you have the best Master Clamp in the world it is only as sturdy as the stand it is sitting on. Instead of buying the cheapest light stands possible consider investing in sturdy C stands for added support.Know of any other ways to utilize a Master Clamp?Share in the comments below.last_img read more